Wednesday, 23rd January 2013
In General Japan News,
Tokyo cyclists face tougher regulations
It is hoped that stricter policing of cyclists on Tokyo's roads will help to reduce the number of accidents involving bicycles and other traffic.
Under the new regulations, cyclists will be prosecuted for failing to take note of red lights, and criminal charges will be bought against those who ignore the traffic signals.
Tokyo's District Public Prosecutor's Office announced the new measures on Monday (January 21st) and it is expected that they should take effect this month.
The decision to clamp down on cyclists follows news from the Metropolitan Police Department that Tokyo has more accidents involving cyclists than the national average.
Meanwhile, the overall number of accidents on the road in the capital is declining, so it is clear that this is an area which requires attention and tougher regulation.
According to the website Tokyobybike.com, an increasing number of Japanese citizens took up cycling in the wake of the 2011 Tsunami and the travel chaos that followed the disaster.
There are now up to five times more cyclists on the streets of Tokyo, the website states.
Written by Graham McPherson
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